Why I LOVE Little Fighters Cancer Trust
I have been involved with or worked for various charity organisations and NGOs in my lifetime, but none have inspired as much love and respect in me as Little Fighters Cancer Trust does every single day. The Little Fighters Cancer Trust truly lives up to its motto The VOICE of Childhood Cancer Awareness; The HANDS of Childhood Cancer Support every day and in every way!
This is not a huge charity; it does not receive a single cent from government; it does not have a huge staff complement; it does not even have offices, but it DOES make a HUGE difference in the lives of more than a thousand childhood cancer-affected families Nationwide!
Thank u Mandie and Thomas for been by our side from 2012, God bless u guys u are an inspiration to us all, you have given us hope and best of all friendship – Farads Hussain
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust consists of 3 core staff members; Founders Thomas & Tania, and Jill of All Trades, Mandie… plus a few volunteers spread all over the country. The Little Fighters base of operations is run from Thomas and Tania’s home and using their own personal vehicles, but let me tell you that I know of many much larger charities with tens if not hundreds of personnel, government grants, a fleet of vehicles and huge funders who do not deliver an iota of what Little Fighters does… on a daily basis.
Recently Thomas and Mandie left Tania to guard the fort and went off on another road trip to dispense love, support, smiles, dignity and Bags of Hope to some of our Little Fighters and their families along the Garden Route, Southern Cape, Eastern Cape and Little Karoo, and do some hospital work in between.
This was a week-long trip that is very difficult to undertake because taking time off from the general organising and fundraising for all the projects that Little Fighters undertakes, including the Mandela Day Project which is coming up later this week, is hectic, but we do what we do with love.
This is what Mandie wrote:
Another definite highlight of our recent 2000+km road trip, is that we now KNOW, we can fit 32 Bags of Hope into one car!
As you might or might not know, the Little Fighters Cancer Trust has NO vehicles. We use privately owned vehicles to do all we do, simply because we do not have the funding to purchase a vehicle, and with the funding which we do have, we cannot justify the expenditure of such a huge purchase while we have Families who need groceries, beds, clothing, hospitals who request product assistance….and more.
When we work away from home, this is a great concern, because our work is so extensive, that we often have to really pack like International Tetris Champions to fit everything in to one car!
Well, we were really worried, and had a Supporter on standby, just in case. However, we made it! PLUS, two boxes of knitted jerseys and two people fitted….not comfortably, but when you WANT to make something happen, you DO!
We do have a Dream though….having our own little bus, so that we can do MORE, transport MORE and reach MORE #LittleFighters, hospitals and Families!
We can proudly say that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust is the only Childhood Cancer Support Organization in South Africa, who braves gravel roads, dirt roads, and at times NO roads, to personally, hand-deliver Support to #LittleFighters and Families in the most rural areas, families who would otherwise not receive any other form of Support.
We simply wish we had more resources to do these trips more often, but with your continued assistance, we can commit to doing what we can, when we can, and where no one else will go.
And yes, we had a tyre blow out in the middle of nowhere and nothing, but we travel very well prepared!
But when we got over those mountains you see in the background, dirt road all the way, and finally reached the Family, their smiles and hugs were most definitely well worth the rough and tumble drive, waiting for herds of sheep and goats to pass over the road in their own sweet time, the dust, floating eyeballs (as our last stop was verrrrrry far back!) and the cost of two new tyres.
THANK YOU to every Supporter who makes it possible for us to reach the often forgotten. YOUR donations make this all possible.
Over the next week or two we will bring you various updates on the trip and on our Little Fighters in the hope that we can try to SHOW you just SOME of what it is that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust actually DOES with the money that is fundraised (every cent of which goes towards helping our Little Fighters and their Families).
Please help the Little Fighters Cancer Trust to continue doing this most important work by donating whatever you can or getting your company to make a donation towards creating Childhood Cancer Awareness in South Africa and Supporting Childhood Cancer-affected Families.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a registered NPO with PBO status. This affords private and corporate donors the taxation benefits as set out in Section 18A.
BEE score points are also accumulated.
Trust Reg No: IT2817/2010
NPO No: 089 376
PBO No: 930037657
Account Holder: Little Fighters Cancer Organization
Bank: FNB Paarl Mall
Account No: 62277783249
Branch code: 250057
Swift code for international donations: FIRNZAJJ
Trust Reg No: IT2817/2010